The Jacksonville Jaguars are leading 9-3 in the third quarter of their Week 8 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Running back Travis Etienne briefly left the game with a knee injury but is back on the field.
Etienne got hurt in his first carry of the second half. Overall, he had 15 carries for 61 yards before leaving. Rookie Tank Bigsby then replaced him in the lineup and proceeded to lose a fumble. Fortunately, Etienne has returned.
All things considered, this hasn't been a great outing for the Jags. Although they're in control of the game, they've also left several points on the scoreboard. Bigby's fumble was their third turnover of the game.
In the first half, tight end Evan Engram lost another ball and the Steelers recovered. Then, Trevor Lawrence threw a pass into triple coverage to Calvin Ridley in the Pittsburgh end zone and got intercepted.
In non-related news, Kenny Pickett has been ruled out for the game with a rib injury. Mitch Tribisky has taken over at quarterback for the Steelers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars defense aren't giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a break
The Jaguars' defense has stood up to the occasion, keeping the Steelers in check for most of the first half. It wasn't until their fifth offensive drive, that Pittsburgh managed to get their first first down of the game. Whether it's Kenny PIckett or Mitch Tribisky under center, the pass rush has been bringing the heat. Both Josh Allen and Travon Walker each has registered a sack.
Although Diontae Johnson has six catches for 62 yards, George Pickens has been held to one catch, one that was reviewed as of this writing.
Leaving aside the Steelers' last possession of the first half, they haven't been able to move the ball. The Jaguars did a good job of shutting down the run early on and they're now forcing them to win through the air. That formula isn't working so far.
If the Jacksonville Jaguars can minimized mistakes on offense and their defense can keep containg the Steelers, they'll get their sixth win of the season.